Derek Pridey, DVM – Owner
Along with his family, Dr. Pridey moved to northwest Kansas in 2014 to be an associate veterinarian for Countryside Veterinary Clinic. After co-owning Hoxie Veterinary Service, P.A. since 2016, he now holds sole ownership of Hoxie Veterinary Service, P.A as of March 2019. Dr. Pridey grew up on a farm northwest of Leoti, Kansas. He completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 at Oklahoma State University. Serving and assisting clients with individual animals, as well as providing insight and resources for helping in operation management stand as Dr. Pridey’s most enjoyable aspects of veterinary practice.
Cheryl Pridey, Business Administrator
Mrs. Derek Pridey became a part of the HVS team in May 2019. Cheryl grew up in southwest Oklahoma, graduating from Corn Bible Academy in Corn, Oklahoma. She went on to receive an associates degree from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas and earned her cosmetology license from Meridian Tech Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Cheryl always thought of herself in the veterinary or veterinary technician field, but instead married a veterinarian. She adores the baby calves, cattle, and furry, cuddly cats. Aside from helping Dr. Pridey with small animal surgeries and delivering baby calves, singing, playing the piano, cooking, baking, and crocheting consist of her favorite pastimes. Derek, Cheryl, and their four kids love the outdoors.
Brandi Taul, DVM
Dr. Taul joined the practice in April 2020 as a part-time veterinarian. In 2010, she graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelors in Animal Science, and achieved her DVM degree in 2015. Previously, Dr. Taul worked in mixed animal practices in Ness City and Hoisington. Dr. Taul’s husband, Dusty, works as a Kansas Highway Patrol officer and was recently assigned to Gove County. To be closer to family, Dr. Taul, Dusty, and their three boys, Elijah, Micah, and Jude, moved to a small farm near Grinnell. Dr. Taul enjoys spending time outside with her family, and loves gardening in her free time. She has two dogs, Norm and Sam, chickens, and a small cattle herd.
Gina VanLoenen, DVM
Originating from Bridgewater, New Jersey, Dr. VanLoenen’s passion for animal health came from raising market lambs in 4-H. Under the guidance of a mentor, Dr. VanLoenen attended Kansas State University, where she received her undergraduate and veterinary degrees. After graduating veterinary school in 2018, she practiced in Great Bend, Kansas for two years at a mixed animal practice prior to moving to northwest Kansas in June 2020. Dr. VanLoenen married Eric VanLoenen, a Hill City native, in 2016, and together enjoy hunting and fishing in their free time. They have a black lab named Cooper and a cat named Gaga at home.
Katelyn Halbleib, Office Administrator
Katelyn was hired as the receptionist for Countryside Veterinary Clinic in January 2013. She graduated from Colby Community College in 2012 with an associates degree in general education and an associates degree in general business. She previously focused on client care for Countryside Veterinary Clinic and for HVS, and took on many roles as needed around the clinic. In 2020, Katelyn’s title changed to Office Administrator and in that position she continued carrying out receptionist responsibilities in addition to more clerical work. As of October 2021, the newlywed Katelyn and her two dogs, Fritz the Corgi and Stokely the Great Dane, moved to Colby with her husband, Michael.
Morgan Lease, Registered Veterinary Technician
In January 2020, Morgan came to HVS from Curtis, Nebraska, graduating from Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2019. She assists in caring for both large and small animals. Morgan grew up on a cattle operation near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and still loves cheering on her Husker Football team. She also enjoys exploring the beauty of Kansas with her dog, Zoe.
Ashlee Marsh, Veterinary Assistant
Ashlee joined Hoxie Veterinary Service, P.A. in January 2021. She is originally from Boone, Colorado and moved to northwest Kansas to attend Colby Community College where she graduated with an Equine Science degree. Currently, Ashlee is taking online courses with Penn Foster to complete her Veterinary Technician degree. Ashlee enjoys helping with farm and ranch responsibilities, as she come from a family of farmers and ranchers, and rodeo.
Daisy Prewo, Receptionist
Hoxie Veterinary Service’s newest team member is Daisy. From greeting people at the front door to answering the phones, Daisy will be taking care of clients and interacting with patients as the Receptionist. Originally from Oakley, Kansas, Daisy now lives in Grinnell, Kansas. She and her husband, Craig, are the proud parents of Camdyn, Carson, and Kynnedi. They also have two dogs, Lexi and Lucky.